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Photos: More than 50 charged in Thomasville drug sting

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Police say more than 50 people were charged Thursday morning in connection with a sting targeting drug traffickers across Thomasville.

According to a news release from Thomasville police, eleven searches were conducted Thursday at “locations distributing drugs in Thomasville.”

In addition to various amounts of heroin, opium and prescription medications, police say “large quantities of marijuana and cocaine were confiscated from several locations.”

In the release, police said the searches were the result of a four-month undercover operation that began due to “citizen complaints about drug networks.”

The operation was part of the ALE’s Community Betterment Initiative, police said.  As part of the effort, police said undercover ALE agents “conduct drug transactions with specific targets in the city.”

According to police, a total of 52 people were charged.  The suspects and their charges are listed in the gallery below:

The searches were conducted by police officers and N.C. ALE agents, police said.

Other agencies involved in the operation included the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, the UNCG Police Department, the Denton Police Department, the U.S. ICE, the U.S. Marshall’s Service, the N.C. Department of Probation and Parole, the N.C. Department of State Revenue, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Enforcement Section, and the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office.